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Quiz team in need of funding

| Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, 11:49 a.m.

The Ligonier Valley High School quiz teams have a successful history but now the group is struggling with a question of logistics.

Due to district budget cuts the quiz team, as well as district and county band and chorus members, have seen a cut in all monies used for transportation to away matches and events. The team is now trying to raise funds through donations for individuals or businesses in the district.

The varsity and junior varsity quiz teams, which consists of 16 members from each grade level, competes in quiz matches against school districts of similar size throughout Westmoreland and Fayette counties as well as the Quiz Bowl hosted by Mount Pleasant Area High School three times during the school year, a large tournament in January and KDKA's Hometown Hi-Q.

“We have had tremendous success over the past years having received first- and second-place finishes in varsity and junior varsity,” said faculty sponsor and science teacher John Gregorich.

When Gregorich learned of the cuts, he asked team members if they wanted to continue to compete.

“The result was an expected, ‘yes',” said Gregorich.

The quiz team has spent time exploring its options such as having parents provide transportation, but according to Gregorich, the large number of students combined with the busy work schedule of parents, the group hasn't been able to secure adequate transportation for all team members.

Currently each member of the team is contributing $10 per meet combined with the limited amount from the team's budget earned through fund raising, to help pay for bus transportation. Gregorich said he is proud his quiz team students wanted to continue to compete and he feels the team's existence is important.

“Quiz team is a unique group of students that enjoy competition and showing off what they know,” said Gregorich. “It offers an alternative to traditional competitive sports.”

The quiz team hopes to plan events in the future for the sole purpose of raising money for transportation. The team is currently seeking any sort of donation from area businesses or individuals to help as the school years gets under way. Interested donors can call 724-238-9531 or email Gregorich at

“The students and I would appreciate any help,” Gregorich said.

Diana Lasko is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.